Frederick Memorial Hospital is proud to maintain a team of licensed mental health professionals to provide psychiatric clinical evaluations in the Emergency Department. The Crisis team is comprised of Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Certified Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Graduate Social Workers and Registered Nurses, all highly skilled in psychiatric care. Board certified Psychiatrists provide continuous consultation to both the Crisis clinicians and the Emergency Department staff.
Emergency Department physicians can order a crisis consultation for any patient as they see fit. This is a structured interview conducted by a licensed mental health professional designed to help the patient learn how the stressors in life may be impacting his or her physical and mental health. The Emergency Department physician will incorporate input from the mental health professional into your overall plan of care. Together, physicians and mental health professionals offer recommendations for each patient's individualized treatment.
After the consultation, discussion with the patient's family members or others who are important to the patient, the treatment team will make a recommendation to provide the most appropriate treatment. Typically we will suggest one of the following:
- Psychiatric Inpatient Admission: This may be at Frederick Memorial Hospital or another facility.
- Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program: This is a day program, less intensive than inpatient. This also may be at Frederick Memorial Hospital or another similar facility.
- Referral to Outpatient Psychiatry: This may include an appointment with a psychiatrist and or other mental health provider or a referral for substance abuse treatment which may be either inpatient or outpatient.